Monthly Archives: January 2019


Landing the right person for top fishing job

The hunt is on for someone to help one of the city’s biggest industries to grow and flourish. Plymouth City Council is looking to appoint a fishing industry development manager to fight the industry’s corner at a national and local level and help the city’s fishing industry thrive. Fishing is an important business sector in […]


Funding approved for first city school in secondary expansion plans

A £2.5 million funding package has been approved by the Leader of Plymouth City Council to expand Plymstock School. This is the first school in the city to be awarded funding under the Secondary Basic Need programme which will provide additional pupil places to meet the needs of the city’s growth. The need for additional […]


Council litter enforcement set to begin

Council environmental enforcement patrols will begin in Plymouth from 1 February. The refreshed service will continue enforcement aimed at deterring littering, fly-tipping, fly-posting and dog fouling and control and will enable a more flexible approach to keeping our city clean. This service has been born from the Council’s earlier decision to cancel its contract with […]


View northwards from new junction towards the link Road

Work starts on Forder Valley Link Road

Enabling works for the Forder Valley Link Road will get under way next week. To enable the main construction works to start later in the year, our contractors will be undertaking some enabling works alongside setting up their site compound. There will be a lane closure on the southbound approach to Forder Valley Road on […]


Top British divers en route to Plymouth

Britain’s best divers will once again be showcasing their skills at the Plymouth Life Centre from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 February. The prestigious British National Diving Cup will showcase the best of Britain’s diving talent as everyone focuses on Tokyo 2020. Olympic medallists Tom Daley and Jack Laugher will be competing for national honours […]


Update on Sutton Harbour Footbridge

The organisations involved in repairing Sutton Harbour Footbridge are working towards the bridge being back in action in time for Easter. Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Company are putting in over £250,000 into the repair of the custom-built footbridge which crosses Sutton Lock, with the repairs being coordinated and commissioned by […]


Finish line in sight for Manadon Sports and Community Hub

Work to create a brand new football, cricket and outdoor sports centre for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities is nearing completion.  A Football Association-standard all-weather 3G pitch opened in May 2018 and construction of the pavilion, which started in July 2018, is now in the final stages. When it opens in the spring the building […]

Work progresses on new pavilion at Manadon

District shopping centres are given a deep clean

Plymouth’s district shopping centres are all getting a deep clean this month. Cleaning crews will be out across all 20 district shopping centres steam cleaning pavements, jet washing litter bins, removing weeds and graffiti cleaning. This is the first time Plymouth’s district shopping centres have received this sort of deep clean and it will now […]


Do you need to refresh your postal or proxy vote signature?

Over 5,300 postal and proxy voters in Plymouth will be receiving letters this week asking them to provide a fresh signature. Signatures often change over time and, by law, councils must ask postal voters to ‘refresh’ their signature every five years. If you are a postal or proxy voter and the signature held on record […]


Council-backed Social Work training scheme set for another record year

Graduates who are passionate about working with children and families and who are looking to make a career move into children’s social work can now apply to the latest intake on a successful City Council backed training initiative. The regional Step-up-to Social Work scheme aims to enlist a record number of candidates in 2019 to […]


iMayflower gets £3.5million from DCMS to make Plymouth more amazing

An ambitious project to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power for Mayflower400 and beyond has been awarded a massive £3.5 million from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. An additional £750,000 has been awarded to Mayflower400 and £2.75 million for exciting new creative sector initiatives that could see over 4,000 […]


More details unveiled about care leavers support

Young people leaving care in Plymouth could get a helping hand to lead an independent life under proposals discussed at Cabinet today (15 January). The proposals recommend 18 to 24-year-olds who live in Plymouth and are leaving the care of the local authority are exempt from Council Tax until their 25th birthday. Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet […]


Four sites earmarked for Public Space Protection Orders

Four patches of land in Plymouth are set to be the first to benefit from the Council’s new policy for dealing with unauthorised encampments. The new policy was agreed by the Cabinet on Tuesday and looks at the way that Public Space Protection Orders can be used as part of the deterrent to unauthorised encampments. […]


Work on Charles Cross set to begin

Works on the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme will begin on Monday 4 February. Charles Cross roundabout, with Charles Church at its centre, is one of the key junctions on Plymouth’s transport network and accommodates the majority of the city’s bus routes as well as high volumes of traffic. It is also well-used by pedestrians. […]


Next steps announced for Plymouth National Marine Park

  Plymouth City Council is officially starting work to develop plans for Plymouth Sound to be designated the UK’s first National Marine Park, after securing £75,000 national funding to move the project forward. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene made the announcement at the Council’s next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 15 January […]


Torn from home: Plymouth comes together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Residents in Plymouth are being invited to participate in this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations. There will be a special public ceremony at the Peace Garden on Plymouth Hoe from 2pm on Sunday 27 January 2019, the date of Holocaust Memorial Day, to remember all those who have died in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. […]


We’ll keep on caring pledges Council’s finance lead

The man in charge of the city’s finances vowed to continue caring for Plymouth’s children and elderly and to campaign for a better deal – despite the Government’s support grant shrinking to just £9 million. The revenue support grant has been cut from £76.6 million in 2013/14 to only £9.5 million in 2019/20, leaving local […]


New policy for unauthorised encampments

Plymouth City Council is taking a fresh look at the way it handles unauthorised encampments. The previous policy, presented last November, listed plans to provide several temporary stopping places (TSPs) around the city as well as placing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) on sites historically occupied by encampments. That policy was never implemented and so […]


Charities to work with Council on innovative alliance to help vulnerable people in Plymouth

Charities in Plymouth are going to work with the City Council in a more joined up way to help vulnerable people such as the homeless, those with mental illness and other complex needs. Plymouth City Council will be awarding a £7 million contract to an alliance of local charities to provide services to people with […]


Care leavers to get help with bills

Young people leaving care in Plymouth will not have to pay Council Tax until they reach the age of 25 under plans being announced as part of this year’s budget. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance said: “Some of these young people have had an extremely difficult start in life and we want to […]


Broadening Bath Street for Boulevard

Moves to make Bath Street wider will get underway this week as part of the council’s regeneration plans to make Millbay happen. A service ramp on the Pavilions site is to be ‘shaved off’ as part of a complex demolition programme that will enable the boulevard between the city centre and the sea to be built. […]


Ofsted publish inspection findings on services for children in Plymouth

The findings of the recent inspection by Ofsted of Children’s Social Care Services, including education and inclusion for children in care in Plymouth have been published today (Monday 7 January). Inspectors have found that since the Single Inspection Framework (SIF) Inspection in 2014 and the Focused Visit in May last year, senior leaders have taken […]